High Court Rules Against Blytheville Police Department in Drug Case

APRIL 2, 2004 - Posted at 7:19 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a man who challenged a search of his car by Blytheville officers.

Billy T. Sims was found with 13 grams of cocaine in his car after officers searched the vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Sims appealed his 2001 drug possession conviction.  Sims had earlier lost an appeal in the court of Mississippi County Circuit Judge John Fogleman's before it moved up to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that police did have the right to pull over Sims.  The ruling said officers did not have the right to search the car, even though a police dog had made them suspect Sims had drugs.

The court's ruling said officers shouldn't have detained Sims long enough for the dog to sniff around the car.

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